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The 3 best and easiest ways to deep clean your hair

Updated: Dec 31, 2022

Let me guess... your hair just doesn't have that straight out of the salon feeling right now? Does your hair feel blah? Do you have product build up? Are you finding your hair limp and lifeless? Great news, I have 3 amazingly simple yet super effective ways to help bring those locks back to life!

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Before we get to it let's just have a quick chat about some of the reasons you may have found yourself in this situation in the first place.

Can you be classified as a product addict? Do you find yourself just piling on the product to help achieve the effect you want but everything just seems to fall flat after a few minutes of bounce? Well, more is not always better. In the world of hair, surprisingly LESS IS MORE.

This is true for so many things. Now a days products are made with pretty decent ingredients and therefore they are more effective and concentrated than before. So if I had to take a wild guess, I would say that you're probably over using that bottle in your hands.

And this is true for everything from shampoo and conditioner to all your styling products.

Maybe you're not a product addict but you're not a fan of washing your hair regularly. Do you go multiple days in between shampoos? That's fine if you do. I'm not here to knock how often you want to put the effort into washing your hair (trust me... I cannot throw stones in this case!). But by going between cleanings so infrequently that could be part of your build up problem if when you do wash you aren't able to get everything quite as clean as it needs to be.

So, once we fix the problem of your weighed down hair, then the next thing to do is to change our habits of overuse in the products we use every day.

But how do we solve that pesky problem in the first place?

Here are 3 simple answers to try the next time you're in the need of a hair and scalp reset.

1. Silicon Shampoo Brush

Before we start using outside products to help deep clean our hair and scalp, let's try an easy first step. Your current shampoo may not actually be your problem.

Sometimes if we haven't had a one on one, hands on, how to with our stylist on the complexities of washing your hair (and how many people actually get this?) then it could be more about just getting your shampoo to work harder for you to get the slate clean.

By incorporating a silicon shampoo brush you're able to use less shampoo and more elbow grease to get your hair cleaner than ever before! And the nice part of using this is that it gives you a little scalp massage at the same time. Plus because it's made of silicon it doesn't breed bacteria the same way other products can. It's easy to use and is very comfortable in your hand because of it's ergonomic design.

The extra addition of the friction is great for hair growth, blood flow and a healthy scalp.

It's a small investment that can make a BIG difference.

2. Baking Soda

Baking Soda is something that can be found in the cupboard of almost every home. It is most widely known for baking but it's super versatile and really great for cleaning all around your house.

This is a tip that I have been telling my clients for YEARS! I have heard time and time again how surprised everyone is with how well this little trick works.

Here are 5 benefits of baking soda. 1. There are no parabens or fragrance. 2. It neutralizes odors. 3. It dissolves dirt and oil residue. 4. It exfoliates the scalp. 5. It clarifies with no buildup (6. it's cheap and you probably already own it)

Now, there are technically two ways to use this little secret weapon.

The first option is how I've always told my clients to use it.

  1. Place 1 Tablespoon of baking soda in a small bowl.

  2. Take that with you into the shower.

  3. Add about a quarter size of your shampoo to the bowl of baking soda.

  4. Mix them together to start combine and form a slight paste.

  5. Distribute that all over your scalp. (Don't just plop it on the top of your head OVER all your hair. We want to make sure this is getting put directly on your scalp.)

  6. Now work this into a great lather all over your head.

BIG TIP: We shampoo our ROOTS and condition our ENDS.

So, keep this in mind when you're shampooing with this mixture. The cause of the build up and limp hair is based from the scalp. Not the mid shaft or ends of your hair. Those will get clean enough with just the movement from you washing the scalp. Promise.

Now the second way you can use baking soda is just by turning it into a paste unto itself.

  1. Pour one part baking soda into a bowl.

  2. Mix in three to four parts water. (You can experiment to see what mixture and consistency you like best).

  3. To use in the shower, wet your hair completely, turn off the water, and gently apply the baking soda mixture all over your root.

  4. Let sit for one minute before rinsing it out with water.

  5. Finish with an apple cider vinegar rinse to restore the pH balance of your hair and scalp and to add shine to your strands.

3. Clarifying Shampoo

Finally we have the "easiest" way to get to the end result of super clean stripped fresh hair.

Using a clarifying shampoo isn't that different than using any other shampoo. There are just a few things to keep in mind.

While clarifying shampoo can remove product build-up on the hair and scalp it can also do some not so fun things too. It might cause hair dye to fade. It could exacerbate an oily scalp. and worst of all it could cause issues for those with certain skin conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema. So you need to use caution when using some clarifiers.

Now, having given you the proper warnings, (and if you have questions, I encourage you to reach out to your stylist, your dermatologist or even drop them in the comments) let's get down to business.

When you use a clarifying shampoo there are some little changes that you'll make to get themes out of your treatment.

  1. You'll need to do up to 3 or 4 shampoos, not just one, to really cleanse your hair from everything its got stuck to it.

  2. Any time you use a clarifier it needs to be followed up with a really good deep conditioning treatment.

Depending on just how much build up there is in your hair, the shampoo may not lather very well. Trust me, it's still doing its job. Add a little more water and then continue to scrub. Rinse it ALL THE WAY out. Apply again, and this time it should work up more of a sudsy lather. You'll want to build that lather and then let it sit for a few minutes so that it's really able to break down and release all of the product build up. Then do another very thorough rise. If your hair has been particularly bad lately you can do this step again. But only if dryness is not a regular problem for you! We don't want to create another issue where there isn't one.

Don't forget to follow all these cleaning steps with a really important final step! You need to put some nourishment back into those strands before you exit the shower. It would be like using crazy intense body scrub and then not putting on moisturizer afterwards. You skin would be clean and smooth but dry like the Sahara desert.

Even if you aren't usually dry, or you are about to tell me that you are super oily and that's why you're doing this... NO. YOU MUST CONDITION YOUR HAIR!!!!!!

Yes, I am yelling at you. This is such a crucial step that I cannot over state it.

This is a great option for you that restores without going overboard. Here is another great option. Or this one if you can't find the other two!

I hope this helps! Happy clarifying 😘

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